cradle

cra|dle1 [ˈkreıdl] n
[: Old English; Origin: cradol]
1.)
a small bed for a baby, especially one that moves gently from side to side
→↑cot
She rocked the cradle to quieten the child.
2.) the cradle of sth
formal the place where something important began
Athens is often regarded as the cradle of democracy.
3.) from (the) cradle to (the) grave
all through your life
From cradle to grave, the car marks every rite of American passage.
4.) [singular]
the beginning of something
Like most Catholic children, he had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle .
5.)
a structure that is used to lift something heavy up or down
a window-cleaner's cradle
6.)
the part of a telephone where you put the ↑receiver when you are not using it
She replaced the receiver on the cradle.
→↑cat's cradle,rob the cradle atrob
cradle 2
cradle2 v [T]
1.) to hold something gently, as if to protect it
John cradled the baby in his arms.
2.) to hold a telephone ↑receiver by putting it between your ear and your shoulder
She hunched over the desk, telephone cradled at her neck.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Cradle — Cra dle (kr[=a]d l), n. [AS. cradel, cradol, prob. from Celtic; cf. Gael. creathall, Ir. craidhal, W. cryd a shaking or rocking, a cradle; perh. akin to E. crate.] 1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cradle — Cra dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cradled} ( d ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cradling} ( dl?ng).] 1. To lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking. [1913 Webster] It cradles their fears to sleep. D. A. Clark. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cradle — ► NOUN 1) a baby s bed or cot, especially one mounted on rockers. 2) a place or period in which something originates or flourishes: the cradle of civilization. 3) a supporting framework resembling a cradle, in particular for a boat under repair… …   English terms dictionary

  • cradle — [n1] small bed for baby baby bed, bassinet, cot, crib, hamper, Moses basket, pannier, trundle bed; concept 443 cradle [n2] early childhood; origins babyhood, beginning, birthplace, fount, fountain, fountainhead, infancy, nativity, nursery, origin …   New thesaurus

  • Cradle — Cra dle, v. i. To lie or lodge, as in a cradle. [1913 Webster] Withered roots and husks wherein the acorn cradled. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cradle — index bear (support), genesis, lull, origin (source), origination, source Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • cradle — cradler, n. /krayd l/, n., v., cradled, cradling. n. 1. a small bed for an infant, usually on rockers. 2. any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for the handset of a telephone. 3. the place where anything is nurtured …   Universalium

  • cradle — [[t]kre͟ɪd(ə)l[/t]] cradles, cradling, cradled 1) N COUNT A cradle is a baby s bed with high sides. Cradles often have curved bases so that they rock from side to side. Syn: crib 2) N COUNT The cradle is the part of a telephone on which the… …   English dictionary

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